This workshop will consider repository development in more detail. It will look at the options available for near-surface (or equivalent) and deep repositories, the timings associated with each and the long-term requirements. Siting will be covered along with stakeholder engagement. National examples will be presented and discussed.

The learning objectives here are to gain an understanding of the siting and design of near-surface facilities for lower activity wastes, and the siting and design of deep geological repositories. The timings of each set against the nuclear power programme will be considered and linked to the financing aspects. An appreciation of stakeholder engagement will also be achieved.


The course covers


Concept overview for lower activity wastes

  • Timing in relation to NPP programme
  • VLLW (with national examples)
  • L/ILW (with national examples)
    • Near-surface
    • Mined / silo
  • Site selection activities
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Costing & financing

Concept overview for higher activity wastes

  • Timing in relation to NPP programme
  • Interim storage
  • Disposal options (with national examples)
    • Mined facilities
    • Deep borehole disposal
    • Hybrid solutions
  • Site selection
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Costing & financing

Course review and general discussion

Who would benefit from attending the workshop?

The training is designed for civil-servants, regulators, executives and managers within nuclear operators, government, NEPIOs and regulatory bodies in countries considering or are in the early stages of establishing nuclear energy as a component of their national energy strategy.

Lead Trainer: John Mathieson

John has over 45 years’ experience in the nuclear industry, primarily involving the areas of radioactive waste management and decommissioning. John worked with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the European Commission, participating in expert missions, technical meetings and working groups. He has worked on projects assisting many overseas governments to develop financing, decommissioning and radioactive waste management strategies and infrastructures.

He is a Member of the Society for Radiological Protection and is a Board Director and Secretary of Waste Management Symposia Inc. which runs the annual Waste Management conference in Phoenix, USA.

How is the workshop delivered?

The workshop is delivered in a ‘classroom’ environment at the client’s site. The agenda and structure of the workshops will be tailored as appropriate to specific requirements of the client utilising IAEA and NEA guidance, and international best practice.

The normal duration of the training is one day, but this may be subject to change depending upon the client’s requirements. The specific scheduling, training delivery, and facilitation arrangements will be incorporated into the tailored programme development to ensure effective and timely delivery of the training.

If you would like to discuss the training options and your specific requirements, please contact Ben Robinson at [email protected] or +44-7869 307437

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